I started this draft two weeks before Christmas, and here we are, almost done with January and I’m still fiddling with it. Perhaps not the best start to blogging in 2018, or is it? Having spent the majority of my life functioning as a Type … Continue reading Wrapping Up 2017
Having survived a typically hectic October (ghost tour season!) with no escapes on the books since July, I found myself in desperate need of a jaunt out of town. Once struck by the idea it wouldn’t let me go, and so I booked a perfect … Continue reading Why Julia?
A couple of Decembers ago, my flight was delayed out of the Charlotte airport. After having a little nosh, I found myself, tea in hand, lost in the airport bookshop. Now I am a great fan of Sherlock Holmes, and on this particular occasion, I … Continue reading Mark Twain House-Summer 2017 Road Trip Part I
In my apartment, hanging on the wall above my couch, I have a framed picture of Winston and Clementine Churchill. Above Winston and Clemmie are Julia and Paul Child. And on the side table next to my reading chair is John Adams. Some people have … Continue reading Why Winston?
Ah NOLA! I honestly can’t remember the first time I visited The Big Easy. It was probably on an epic road trip to Disney World when I was tiny. I have a very vague recollection of being informed that my grandfather needed to stop for … Continue reading New Orleans
Literis Antiquis Novis Institutis Decora: Distinguished for Classical Learning and New Institutions Motto of Cambridge, Massachusetts On my very first visit to Boston in 2010, I made a stop in Harvard Square. The steeples and yards washed me in memories of my two blissful summers … Continue reading Cantabrigia
A little boy was sitting in the corner of a railway carriage looking out at the rain, which was splashing against the windows and blotching downward in an ugly, dirty way. He was not the only person in the carriage, but the others were strangers … Continue reading Green Knowe